“On 18 October, at 15:40, the SMM saw that the previously observed padlock and chain had been removed from the vehicle gates of its Forward Patrol Base (FPB) in Horlivka (non-government-controlled, 39km north-east of Donetsk), and that the gates were open,” the report states.
It is noted that in front of the base building, the observers saw a previously installed tent, but did not record people and vehicles nearby.
Thus, the SMM left the mission FPB to conduct patrols and returned at 16:03.
The OSCE recalled that the OSCE Permanent Council Decision No. 1117 specifies that the SMM shall have safe and secure access throughout Ukraine, which is essential to ensure effective monitoring and reporting of the security situation.
As we reported, the Organization for Security and Cooperation on Europe suspended its monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine following protests near its headquarters in separatist-controlled Donetsk. About 200 pro-Russian protesters confronted OSCE monitors on Saturday to demand the release of a rebel officer captured by the Ukrainian military last week.
However, the OSCE continues its monitoring mission in the part of the Luhansk region not controlled by the Ukrainian authorities, despite the termination of work in occupied Donetsk.
Besides, in occupied Horlivka, Donbas region, militants do not release members of the OSCE monitoring mission and demand the release of a militant detained by the Armed Forces near a breeding site near Zolotye on October 13.